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UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY ALERT!!!

Want to join your favorite team and bloggers up in Montreal for the 2009 Entry Draft? Here is your chance at winning a free trip! All you need to do is tell the Islanders (in your own words) who you feel they should pick this year and why they should pick that player.

When has another organization opened themselves up for such a potential verbal beatdown?

Should we take Tavares?

Should we take Hedman?

Should we take Duchene?

It’s your turn to be the Islanders GM and tell the Islanders what to do, get started by hitting up the Islanders website, the pro shop at Ice Works or any of the Islanders retail locations today to submit your ballot.

The New York Islanders announced today the launching of “Who’s YOUR Pick”, a sweepstakes which gives fans a chance to express their opinion about who the Islanders should select with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

“What better way to allow our fans to voice their opinion,” said Garth Snow, New York Islanders General Manager. “We appreciate the fans dedication and passion and are glad we can give them the chance to experience the excitement first hand with us in Montreal.”

To enter the sweepstakes, fans can fill out a ballot online at newyorkislanders.com, visit one of the Islanders Team Stores — at the Broadway Mall in Hicksville, Westfield Sunrise Mall in Massapequa and Islanders Iceworks in Syosset or the Islanders Kiosk at Roosevelt Field Mall.

The winner’s package includes:

  • Round trip airfare for two from NYC to Montreal

  • Hotel accommodations
  • Tickets to the 2009 NHL Entry Draft on June 26
  • Meet & Greet with the Islanders draft pick

Promotional partner WMJC Radio will announce the two winners weekly beginning Friday morning May 8 on “The WMJC Most Music Morning Show”

“This is truly an exciting time to be an Islanders fan and we’re delighted to provide them the chance to be a part of once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Chris Dey, New York Islanders President. “We appreciate our fans embracing the team the way that they have. We are on pace to renew nearly 90% of our season tickets and new sales are also tracking well.”

The Islanders won the right to the first pick overall by winning the NHL’s Draft Lottery, held on April 14 at the League’s New York City office.

This marks the fourth time in franchise history that the Islanders have held the first overall selection in the NHL Draft. The last time the Islanders had the first overall selection was in 2000 when the team selected goaltender Rick DiPietro. The other first overall selections were Billy Harris in 1972 and Denis Potvin in 1973.